Join me in congratulating author Shirley Goldberg on her exciting cover reveal for Eat Your Heart Out.
Yup, it’s a Cover Reveal!
I’m so thrilled to show off my new cover for Eat Your Heart Out, the second book in the series Starting Over.
Two foodies, Dana and Alex, banter, sauté and tiptoe around each other. Except for the occasional smooch. What’s with that?
I’m sharing more of Eat Your Heart Out’s details on my blog. Read the blurb and click this link https://midagedating.com/ to read an excerpt. Too soon for links, but I’m looking for ARC readers, so please keep in touch. Publication date coming soon!
Thanks to Debbie Taylor for her cover and the team at The Wild Rose Press for all their hard work!
When a tyrant in stilettos replaces her beloved boss, and her ex snags her coveted job, teacher Dana Narvana discovers there are worse things than getting dumped on Facebook. Time for the BFF advice squad, starting with Dana's staunchest ally, Alex—hunky colleague, quipster, and cooking pal extraordinaire. But when the after-hours smooching goes nowhere, she wonders why this grown man won't make up his mind.
Alex Bethany's new lifestyle gives him the confidence to try online dating. What he craves is a family of his own until a life-altering surprise rocks his world. He knows he's sending Dana mixed messages. Alex panics when he thinks he's blown his chance with his special person. From appetizers to the main course will these two cooking buddies make it to dessert?
Funny and bittersweet, Dana and Alex's story will have you rooting for them.
Join me in congratulating author Peggy Jaeger on this gorgeous cover reveal for BAKED WITH LOVE.
BAKED WITH LOVE ( A Match Made in Heaven, book 3)
Release date 12.9.2020
The Wild Rose Press
Innkeeper Maureen O'Dowd lives to cook and bake, spoils her family and friends, and is an expert at keeping secrets, especially about the man who's held her heart for years.
Police Chief Lucas Alexander is dealing with an aging father and a moody teenage son, and he's in love with a woman who only wants to be friends.
How can these two fiercely private people reveal their feelings for one another without destroying the friendship they already have? And if they're successful, will another secret, if revealed, drive a wedge between Maureen and Lucas that can never be repaired?
Amazon Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08M25TQV9
On Nov. 12th, 2018, CHRISTMAS ONCE AGAIN was released by The Wild Rose Press. It's a magical story for the season.
Root for the heroine as she puts her life in peril to search for a missing painting. Will granny convince her grandson she's a time traveler? This romantic fantasy delivers an emotional holiday ending. It's a quick read, but you won't find it predictable.
Take a break and curl up with a copy of Christmas Once Again. Cheers!
On sale for 99cents! (Sale Nov. 6th to Dec. 4th.) Pick up your copy today.
She’s dead broke. And eviction looms. On Christmas Eve antique consultant Madison Knight takes a phone call from local rancher Zach Murdock. Through a mix-up at an estate sale, Madison’s company purchased his grandmother’s beloved painting. He offers double the money for its return.
Madison risks her job to track down the artwork, but success falls short when she’s stuck in a blizzard. Stranded, she seeks help from a frontier family. Are they living off the grid, or did she somehow travel through time?
Zach’s the only person who knows her plan. He also knows a secret about his gran’s painting. It’s up to him to rescue Madison, but maybe he’s not cut out to be a hero.
Writing Community, one of the most challenging scenes to write is a fight scene. If you're having trouble with your WIP, don’t give up. I found some great tips on Pinterest and pinned them to my board - Writing a Fight Scene. Check it out and let me know if it helps.
Hello readers. I was organizing my office and came across several articles about my novella, Christmas Once Again. I had a blast rereading the material. The story was published in 2018, and since then, I’ve had many questions from readers and interviewers. I thought I’d share a few popular questions and my answers. As always, thank you for your questions. I thoroughly enjoy hearing from you.
What drives you to write?
It started as an escape from my squabbling children and a tired husband—just kidding. I love writing, and it gives me tremendous pleasure when a stranger tells me they are a fan.
What inspired this story?
A magical painting and time travel are the perfect elements for a holiday romance. But you might be surprised to know that Christmas Once Again was inspired by a news broadcast about ordinary people pitching together to save a stranger’s life after a snowstorm.
What genre(s) of romance do you write, and why?
Christmas Once Again, a time travel fantasy, was a little out of my comfort zone, but the story fell into place. I’m more at home writing about western romance and hunky cowboys. My family always watched westerns on TV, and it seems natural to write about the Old West. But if I thought of another time travel plot, I’d go for it.
What genre(s) of romance do you read, and why?
I’m open to most genres. However, a long time ago, my daughter made me take her to the movies to watch Lord of the Rings because she had just read the series. Total respect for Tolkien, but it’s safe to say that after the umpteenth orc ran across the screen, this storyline wasn’t for me. (For Tolkien fans—I know—I know. My daughter has pointed out the error of my ways!)
Why is your featured book a must-read to get you in the holiday mood?
Christmas Once Again is a magical story for the season. Hold your breath as the heroine puts her life in peril to search for a missing painting. And root for granny as she tries to convince her grandson that she's a time traveler. This romantic fantasy delivers an emotional holiday ending. It's a quick read, but you won't find it predictable.
Did you know I’m on Pinterest? Drop by and check out my favorite pins! There’s a little something for every writer and great recipes for special gatherings.
Featured Boards include:
TIPS FOR WRITERS – (If you enjoy writing, this board is for you.)
TIME TRAVEL AND FANTASY
WRITING A FIGHT SCENE
HOLIDAY FOOD - (Goodies for Father’s Day and July 4th.)
When I was a kid, my sister and I used to make May Day baskets and fill them with spring flowers. We’d run all over the neighborhood and leave a basket at a house to brighten some lucky person’s day. Since many of us are still under the Covid-19 lockdown, I wanted to share some pictures from our vacation a few years back. (Hope they will brighten your day.) These were taken at The International Rose Test Garden in Portland. If I could splurge on a rose garden, it would look like this one!
Start your week with some great laughs! 5 Stars
I thoroughly enjoyed this cute novella. It’s a snappy Christmas tale perfect for the holidays! From page one, Ms. McClellan had me chuckling.
The main character, Lexi, is dumped by her boyfriend a few weeks before Christmas. She’s over him but not her bills. Lexi decides to make extra cash by dressing up as Ms. Santa and marketing herself as a holiday party coordinator. Easy peasy.
But when her ex-boyfriend has second thoughts, and an old middle school crush suddenly enters her life, it’s a lively holiday you won’t want to miss! 5 smiling stars
Note: Ms. McClellan was also my guest on 4/11/19. She shared some great tips:
Writing Romantic Love Scenes from Sweet to Steamy Hot
A fun read any time of the year! 5 Stars
I’m a sucker for a holiday romance, and Ms. O’Sullivan quickly tapped into my emotions with this Holiday Hunks story.
Brendan is an injured hockey player with a bad boy reputation. Paige makes ends meet by living with her parents and working a lackluster job. One of them is guarding a secret that involves the other. Good or bad, secrets have a way of complicating life.
I’ve been an O’Sullivan fan for a couple of years. True to her style, this second chance romance is a pleasure to read. Her flair for witty dialogue and entertaining descriptions will keep you turning the page. The characters are believable, and the story is fast-moving. From the Hot Hunks Steamy Romance Collection, BRENDAN’S CHRISTMAS SURPRISE gets 5 glistening stars.
Katie O'Sullivan's Author Links:
Website ~ Blog ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Goodreads ~ Amazon Author Page
It's my pleasure to introduce author Julie Howard. Check out her suggestions for STAYING ORGANIZED DURING THE HOLIDAYS, and don't miss her new release WILD CRIME.
Staying Organized During the Holidays by Julie Howard
The holidays can be overwhelming. There’s so much to do. Shopping, cleaning, cooking, parties, visiting, families. Oh boy. And I need to get my tree up and decorations out of storage and… okay, now I’m getting stressed.
I thought the holidays were supposed to be warm and merry.
Well, they will be. But in the meantime, there’s a lot to do. How can we all stay organized, get our chores done, and enjoy the holidays without getting too frazzled?
I don’t have all the answers but I do have a tip or two. Here are my top five tips for staying organized for the holidays.
1. Make a list with five bullet points. Sure, we all have more than five things to do, but trust me, only five spaces. I’ll explain later.
2. Write down the most important thing (one thing) that needs to get done today. Sure, we all have more to do, but if nothing else, you will get that one important task checked off your long list. Celebrate each achievement.
3. Break up intimidating chores. Is your shopping list a mile long? Focus on the kids first, or one side of the family, or those gifts that require shipping. Need to tidy? Just do the kitchen today, and another room tomorrow. Need to do your Christmas cards? Do three, or five, but make your goal small and achievable. Sometimes it’s easier to break up a large task into pieces – instead of waiting until you have time to do the entire task.
4. Be kind to yourself. People aren’t visiting to admire a clean house or enjoy a gourmet meal. They want to see YOU. Be present. If you need to order take-out pizza for a party, do it. The world won’t end and people will likely think you are pretty smart for not spending the entire day in the kitchen. Last Christmas, we ordered Chinese take-out for a small family get-together and thoroughly enjoyed how easy the dinner was. Take on what you can, and let go of the rest. People care less than you think about the details.
5. Do not try to think beyond five items at a time. Now that you’ve completed the first four items on this list, make another list of the next five things to do. The fifth item will always be to make your next list. By keeping your lists short, you will achieve a much-needed feeling of accomplishment instead of constantly feeling behind and overwhelmed.
Hope this helps! And happy holidays to you.
Wild Crime released Dec. 4!
Tagline: How far will she go to discover the truth?
Blurb from Wild Crime:
"I'm a murderer. I'm a murderer. I'm a murderer."
Those three repeated words discovered in an old letter propel Meredith Lowe in a cross-country pursuit to unveil her mother's murky past. Danger stalks Meredith back to Hay City, Idaho as she peels apart the mystery: who is her father, and did her mother kill him? In finding the answer, will a growing love slip through her fingers?
Past merges with the present as the story races to its stunning conclusion.
Excerpt from Wild Crime:
Her hair fell below her waist, ripped free of its ties and weighed down by the warm, lashing rain. The sky-blue dress, so carefully chosen for this night and tried on so many times in her bedroom, was ruined. One strap had torn from her shoulder and dangled down her back. Mud splattered the hem. Sweet Cantaloupe lipstick, a lovely coral that heightened the green in her eyes, was smeared like a bruise on one cheek. She ran.
The high school gym behind her, decorated in crepe paper and curtains, vibrated with electric guitars and teen-aged hormones. Couples gyrated on the dance floor and then disappeared into dark corners. It was late and the Spring Dance was in full throttle. No one would miss her for hours.
Before her, trees dripped moss, barely visible in the darkness. She envisioned the moss brushing her shoulders, low branches snagging in her hair, the possibility of snakes both at her feet and above; this made her hesitate. It would take one scream, one gasp, and he would find her.
About the author:
Julie Howard is the author of the Wild Crime series, and Spirited Quest. She is a former journalist and editor who has covered topics ranging from crime to cowboy poetry. She is a member of the Idaho Writers Guild, editor of the Potato Soup Journal, and founder of the Boise chapter of Shut Up & Write. Learn more at juliemhoward.com.
Buy links for Wild Crime:
Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wild-crime-julie-howard/1134112545?ean=9781509228638